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Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness Staff

Myra Burnett, Ph.D.

Vice President of Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness

As an expert in program evaluation and institutional effectiveness, Dr. Burnett will lead the office. She has led faculty in developing student learning outcomes in her roles as chair of the Psychology Department, and later, as Vice Provost.For over 10 years, Dr. Burnett has promoted adoption of practices that promote institutional effectiveness throughout the College, with particular attention to Academic Affairs.

In her new role as vice president for Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness, she will be to continue this work through her service as the Spelman College Accreditation Liaison for our regional accreditor, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

James E. Sanders

Director of Institutional Research

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James Sanders served as interim director of institutional research and was appointed to the director position permanently after a national search in Fall 2018. Institutional Research is responsible for data collection, analysis, and reporting in support of strategic planning and data-informed decision-making.  Sanders and his team report official institutional data to the US Department of Education, oversee the College’s operational planning and reporting process, conduct student course evaluations each semester.

Sanders directs the work of the Institutional Research office, coordinating the completion of over 40 Institutional Surveys, including those for US News and World Report Best Colleges, The Princeton Review, Kiplinger’s Best Colleges, and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Annual Profile. He is responsible for creating the Fact Book, as well as the Digital Fact Book, a resource for finding frequently-requested information.
Sanders has a B.S. in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University.

Venetta Coleman, Ph.D., C'88

Director of Accreditation and Compliance
Director of the Quality Enhancement Plan

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In her new role as director of the next Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), Dr. Coleman is responsible for implementing the College’s next project for improving the quality of the educational experience and related outcomes.  A required element of the regional accreditation process, the QEP is evaluated as part of the decennial review by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Dr. Coleman continues her responsibility to foster a culture of effective data governance and informed decision-making, specifically related to departmental performance, student performance, and student learning outcomes. She serves as a key team member to implement and promote campus-wide business institutional effectiveness, and has the leadership role in the collaborative functional effort to develop, deploy and maintain a repository and reporting system for student learning outcomes. In this capacity, she consults with and provides subject expertise to department chairs, and other academic leadership, regarding the development and assessment of student performance and learning outcomes to ensure that they are aligned with the goals and objectives of the Spelman College strategic plan.

A Spelman alumna (Class of 1988), Dr. Coleman earned a doctorate in Industrial Organizational Psychology from the University of South Florida.

Jennifer S. Johnson

Director of Student Success Program

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After three years as associate director, Jennifer Johnson was appointed Director of the Student Success Program on July 1, 2019.  She is the campus leader on the Spelman Arch advising platform, having led implementation activities since 2016.  Johnson is committed to student success through innovative and timely academic support services to improve student engagement, achievement, retention, and graduation.

Prior to joining Spelman, she worked both as an independent consultant to software and engineering organizations and an electrical engineer at Lockheed Martin providing design and test support for military platforms.

Johnson was named a 2016 Women in Technology Awards Honoree and one of the Empowering Women Who Empower Girls. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Georgia Tech Women Alumnae Network Board of Directors and the Steering Committee of Georgia’s chapter of Million Women Mentors.
Jennifer holds a BS in Electrical Engineering, a MS in Electrical & Computer Engineering, and a MS in Analytics from The Georgia Institute of Technology.

Keokuk Kight, M.A.

Program Coordinator

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Keokuk Kight brings over 15 years of experience in higher education to our team as a Program Coordinator. She will provide support to the Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness by coordinating programmatic activities among constituent groups, monitoring the College Achievements database and serving as liaison with the Communications regarding publication initiatives; preparing pre-publication documents for review; and other responsibilities related to the effective functioning of the office.

Contact Us

Institutional Effectiveness
350 Spelman Lane
Box 1516
Atlanta, GA 30314



Spelman College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Spelman College.